From what appears to be a new blog by a smart person, called LIFEXTENSION:
Musings: Cognitive Archaeology; Romantic ‘Paleo Primitivism’; From Trust to Domination
One of the central debates in political philosophy has been the possibility of true egalitarianism. It has been argued that society cannot exist without its rules, sanctions, and persons to govern them; consequently, the notion of an original society lacking distinctions of class and authority has been claimed to be a total fiction. Yet this notion has long been central to anthropological understandings of hunter-gather social forms, where the equality of all peoples is actualised and promoted through the conduct of everyday life. However, the rejection of distinctions of power is not synonymous with rejecting power itself. Hunter-gatherers generally attribute great value to power. However, power for hunter-gatherers, is not defined by coercion or control. Rather, it takes the form of physical strength, skill, or wisdom in individuals. While we can find evidence of leadership in hunter-gatherer communities, the relationship between leader and follower is based – not on domination – but on trust.
Furthermore, hunter-gatherer societies are constituted by relations of incorporation, rather than exclusion. Divisions between public and private, and self and society, are largely absent and meaningless. The individual is understood to be both a dependent and autonomous agent, operating within an unbounded social network that provides and guarantees sustenance, support, care, and companionship.
Ultimately, the relational systems of hunter-gatherer societies reveal a way of engaging with the world and others that is ontologically disparate from contemporary Western conceptions of society. Ethnographic research presents an invaluable resource to unfold and accentuate the differences of worldviews. It reveals to us the diversity of human experience and perspectives, stimulates novel attitudes and interpretations, and encourages reflexive scrutiny of our own preconceptions. Consequently, I think the current paleo discourse would benefit infinitely from engaging with the social anthropology – rather than just the diets – of the hunter-gatherer humans groups on which the whole orthodoxy is founded.
My comment: This is really, to me, the essence of the anarchism I espouse. It’s based on social power (wielding power through influence, competence, persuasion, leadership, rationality, thoughtfulness and so on) vs political, hierarchical power.
And NOT this:
Anarchy Begins at Home. Go give her whole post a good read.